Diane Shugrue Gallagher '57

Which dorm did you live in?
Colgate, both years. We had five beds in one room (two bunks and one single). Maria Roehrig Chernin '57, Bibby Grayson Deal '57, Elaine McKenzie Kutrosky '57 and Carol Salvatore '58 MT. We were called the Fabulous Five. We ruled… kinda, sorta.

How might your classmates remember you?
As someone involved in everything. Maria called all my activity medals "fruit salad." She'd say, "Here comes Shugrue with all her fruit salad on her Colby Blazer." Incidentally, I still have the medals and the blazer.

Any amusing memories to share of your time at the college?
I was part of the Civil Air Patrol during the Korean War. One night I was in the top of Colgate during a blizzard, just the right conditions I thought for an air attack. And then I heard the engines; the noise was loud and getting closer and closer. I called and gave the skinny as far as I could fathom, and was told they'd send a plane up to check it out. Time passed…and then the source of the noise came into view: a gigantic snow blower coming around the corner of Colgate. They told me not to report to work any more after that.

So, what are you up to these days?
I'm an archivist at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. I've interacted with some amazing people whose holdings we have, including Angela Lansbury, David Halberstam, Luise Rainer, Kitty Carlisle, Senator Edward Brooke, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Dan Rather. I also recently received the President's Call to Service Award for outstanding volunteer service, which was given for the three years I spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa. I was in my early 50s when I joined the Peace Corps and I've written a book about my experience, which I hope to be published soon.

Sounds like you're still earning your fruit salad. Okay, time for the frivolous questions. Favorite TV show?
Hands down, "The West Wing."

Favorite movie?
"Fargo," then "The African Queen," quickly followed by "Casablanca."

Last book read?
Still reading Great Dames by Marie Brenner.

Favorite quotation?
"People do not quit playing because they grow old. They grow old because they quit playing."

What might your classmates be surprised to learn about you?
I walked on the back of a crocodile in Burkina Faso, West Africa. I was terrified, but thankfully he wasn't hungry.

And finally, any secrets from your college days that can now be revealed?
Hmmm. Once I came home in the trunk of a car from a wild Dartmouth party because I was late and would be in big trouble. But they got me.

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